A-Rod was a juicer?

Posted By on February 7, 2009 9:42 am

Yep, SI.com is reporting it this morning. A-Rod reportedly tested positive for steroids in 2003, when MLB was conducting “survey testing” to determine whether real testing was necessary for the following year. There were no penalties for the players who tested positive, so even if A-Rod comes out and admits he did use steroids in 2003 (which is highly unlikely), Bud Selig couldn’t touch him. His reputation, of course, would be ruined.

Which brings me to the Hall of Fame.

As you remember from the discussion about my Hall of Fame ballot, I voted for Mark McGwire, ironically, because of the Mitchell Report. The Mitchell Report convinced me that steroid use was so rampant it is foolish for anyone to suggest that he can tell who was cheating and who wasn’t. I can’t. This A-Rod revelation simply furthers my point. No one is beyond suspicion. No one.

If you were a major league player from 1990-2005, you were a part of the Steroid Era. You are tainted, fair or not. Whatever you did is tainted, fair or not.

Since I’m not willing to ban all of the players from that era, I say ban none of them. Just let them all in the Hall of Fame and hope that, 100 years from now, everyone has an understanding about the context of their careers, just as we know that the game was different when Cy Young won 511 games.

We all know what was happening in baseball. We just don’t know who was doing it.

Comments

5 Responses to “A-Rod was a juicer?”

  1. Jim M. says:

    Jeff,
    I couldn’t agree more. Excellent perspective.

  2. jessie says:

    Most with a HOF vote that I hear from on sports radio have been pretty outspoken about Bonds, McGwire and Clemens not getting into the hall because of their links to steroids. If the news about A-Rod is true (and it certainly looks that way) will writers have to change their stance to one more along the lines of yours if *anyone* from that era is to get into The Hall?

  3. payday loans says:

    The thing Arod and the union are going to want to know is how the record got released. It was supposed to be sealed info. Not that helps Arod any now.

  4. jessie says:

    Everyone is pointing fingers at the players union for not destroying the test results & suggesting that they’re to blame fort he leak.

  5. Justin says:

    One person who I say should NEVER be in the hall of fame is Bud Selig. He’s known about the problem his entire tenure, and until pressured by congress, did absolutely nothing about it. I don’t think that anybody should be commended for their efforts to rid something from a sport that for the majority of his/her career helped to foster.

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